We have seen some incredible performances and standout players this season in the NBA, but who will win MVP of the Year? Let’s take a look at some of the candidates:
1. Lebron James
To nobody’s surprise, this man is once again in the running for MVP of the season. Though the Cavaliers struggled early on this season and have still been very hot and cold, James has been a consistent star that has helped hold the team together despite their challenges. Even though he is older than many other players we see in professional basketball, he still manages to average about 28.7 points per game so far this year. This is above his career average of 27.1, and he currently sits third in the league. “King James” has always been valued by the Cleveland franchise, and it is safe to say that he will be in the MVP talk for the rest of the season despite how the team performs.
2. Kyrie Irving
Sometimes known as “James’s little brother,” Kyrie Irving may be missed by the Cavaliers, but he has certainly contributed greatly to the success of the Boston Celtics this season, especially after leading them to 16 straight wins early in the season. In the absence of Gordon Hayward, Irving has stepped up and shined offensively. He averages 24.8 points per game and has delivered in moments when his team really needed him. In late November, he scored 47 points in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. He is a major reason why Boston has a comfortable lead over any other team in the Eastern Conference, and this could be their year to dominate and go all the way.
3. James Harden
The Houston Rockets have the second-best offense so far, in the NBA this season. Chris Paul has contributed since his return, but it is James Harden who has really been the powerhouse offensively. He leads the league in points per game with an average of 30.9, and averages 9.0 assists per game. No other top ten scorer is with him. The next one is Lebron James with 8.8. It will be interesting to see how well Harden can perform in the playoffs when the team’s season is on the line, but the statistics that he has put up make him undeniably one of the best players in the league.
4. Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis has helped to make the New York Knicks a possible playoff contender in the East this year. His work on offense has been a large part of their season success. He ranks among the leaders in the NBA with an average of 23.1 points per game. He has also managed to collect 6.7 rebounds per game. One thing in particular that makes Porzingis stand out is his versatility on the court. He is 7’3″ but can shoot three-pointers, score down low, and run the floor quickly. It is not very often that we see a man of that size that is capable of doing the things he can do. If the Knicks make their way into the playoffs, then he will definitely be a top candidate.
5. DeMar DeRozan
Demar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is one of the two best shooting guards in the NBA, alongside Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. He is a three-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Third Team this year. He is not much of a three-point shooter but would prefer to drive the ball right to the basket. This style works for him with the speed that he has. DeRozan currently ranks eighth in the league in scoring, and he is the best player on the Raptors, who are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference. DeRozan could definitely win MVP if he keeps doing what he is and gets his team a potential playoff spot.
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo
This guy is so fascinating to watch because if you think of somebody that can literally do everything, Giannis Antetokounmpo should be the name that pops into your head. He is 6’11” but can really move on the floor. It is disappointing because the Milwaukee Bucks will most likely not make the playoffs this year. However, Antetokounmpo is only behind James Harden in scoring this season, as he averages 28.4 points per game. He also averages 10.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Even though it will not be this year, it will be exciting to see this young player try to lead his team to a championship next season.
While these are only some of the potential MVP candidates, we can ensure that each one has contributed positively to their team dynamics this season. Be sure to tune in all season to find out who will win MVP of the year!